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We must step up.

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A word of warning

Posted by Source on January 14, 2016 at 1:38pm 6 Comments

Personality Test

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Overthinking and MD?

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I'm in awe!

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Hello to everyone!

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Hoping to Find A Second Family Here

Posted by Rachel on January 4, 2016 at 11:56am 7 Comments

First Post - Reaching Out

Posted by Lockster on January 2, 2016 at 11:21am 4 Comments

New DD emerging, Stories of Wizards

Posted by Fitri Kamelia on December 31, 2015 at 7:46pm 1 Comment

Origins and effects

Posted by Amity is dreaming on December 31, 2015 at 7:00pm 10 Comments

Role Models in my Day Dreams

Posted by Richard Quest on December 27, 2015 at 11:02pm 11 Comments

Merry X-mas

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"Has it occurred to you that your concentration issues might also be related to ADD? I recently discovered I have it. A lot of the things I was blaming on MD were actually caused by my ADD. That's not to say I don't have MD--I most…"
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The1andonlyAbber commented on Source's blog post A word of warning
"@Amity is dreaming try changing his name and small details about his appearance over time."
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The1andonlyAbber commented on Simran's blog post I wonder if crying daily for one hour since past six years is a normal sign of MDD or if there's something more serious??
"You could have depression. I would suggest seeking professional help right away."
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The1andonlyAbber replied to DaydreamBeliever's discussion Does anybody else have the Dictator Daydream?
"My character used to be a dictator, but isn't any more. Some reforms got passed in her country and now she's more like a president. (Miraculously, few people in her country have hard feelings over her former dictatorial ways.) Apart from…"
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The1andonlyAbber replied to Lynnk's discussion Projecting DD characters into reality
"Same!!! "
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The1andonlyAbber replied to Lynnk's discussion Projecting DD characters into reality
"I used to have problems with this one daydream character. He was the evil identical twin brother of my imaginary best friend, Zach. He had no name; my imaginary friends and I just called him "Zach's Evil Twin." He would pretend to be…"
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maro replied to Jacob P John's discussion No friends
"Yeah i think most of us can relate to that because most of DD begain in childhood so it became a lifestyle to live alone even when u have friends ..but dont worry you will eventually change most of times try to find some people who have same…"
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maro replied to Bud Ice Penguin's discussion Has anybody stopped this?
"Well i remeber watched one youtuber who said she was daydreaming and now shed didnt and i consider this possible as i think if the cause of DD ends we will be clean but that is nvr easy ..... The thing we should focus on is to have more control like…"
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OhMyMagenta replied to DreamerCandy's discussion Have you ever fallen in love with the thought of being in love?
"This is the reason why I don't daydream about people from real life. It can get pretty dicey emotionally, so I just stick to characters that are fictional."

Daydreamers welcome

Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.

For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.

This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.

I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.

This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.

One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.


Does anybody else have the Dictator Daydream?

Started by DaydreamBeliever. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber 1 hour ago. 6 Replies

I call it the Dictator Daydream.  It's where I get to be in charge.  Typically in this daydream I take over all of North America.  Taking over the whole world would be a little too much for daydream dictator me but that might change in the…Continue

Projecting DD characters into reality

Started by Lynnk. Last reply by The1andonlyAbber 1 hour ago. 15 Replies

I'm pretty tired, so if I word this in a strange way, I apologize.  If you would like for me to elaborate, I can. I'm hoping maybe someone can relate to me in this subject, only because I have done this on plenty of occasions, and it's one of the…Continue

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No friends

Started by Jacob P John. Last reply by maro 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

I have been a maladaptive daydreamer since I was 7 years old. I never had much friends, and I am depressed most of the time. I have no idea how to get rid of this problemContinue

Has anybody stopped this?

Started by Bud Ice Penguin. Last reply by maro 12 hours ago. 2 Replies

Has anybody stopped this? Has anybody come clean? Or knows someone who has "come clean"?Continue

Have you ever fallen in love with the thought of being in love?

Started by DreamerCandy. Last reply by OhMyMagenta yesterday. 2 Replies

So I’m currently crushing on a guy… And being a daydreamer, I would fantasize a lot about my different crushes in the past. I realize that I fantasize way more than other people do about their own crushes. I love my fantasies and my daydreams, and I…Continue

Genetic reasons for excess brain stimulation and MDD ???

Started by RB Feb 1. 0 Replies

Hi, This is my first post here: I've had MDD since when I can remember (maybe 8-9 years old) I also have other issues like OCD, ADD, insomnia since childhood but parents never paid attention as they thought children grow out of such things but they…Continue

Day dreamers in movies

Started by Floris. Last reply by Odilia Jan 31. 10 Replies

Know any other films with a key character showing a considerable amount of day dreaming? Having a hard time coming up with an extensive list! Of course there are many, many films with short scenes of fantasies like American Beauty but I was…Continue

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Started by Sophie. Last reply by Odilia Jan 31. 8 Replies

I watched this extremely positive Ben Stiller movie one day and I wondered if everyone else has seen it?It's the most accurate depiction of MD there is, and I got quite embarassed for the lead character because I could relate so much. It's about…Continue

Stemming vs Daydreaming Straight

Started by Cyan. Last reply by Sophie Jan 30. 4 Replies

Unfortunately, whenever I relapse into daydreaming I feel bad 1) because I've quit for usually long periods of time but 2) because I pace, shake, dance, and mimic whenever I do daydream.The reason I quit was because daydreaming was making it…Continue

Tags: stemming

What is your biggest trigger?

Started by Nicole. Last reply by OhMyMagenta Jan 29. 66 Replies

I know I ask a lot of  things in my discussions but I'm curious, what is your biggest trigger? Mine is definitely music, anytime I listen to music I jump up a little while later and begin daydreaming, usually with it still playing from my iHome.…Continue


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    Out Of My Mind (article I wrote on MD)

    This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.  

    Out of My Mind…


    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010 at 7:36pm. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Nov 22, 2010.

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    Created by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010 at 11:14am. Last updated by Cordellia Amethyste Rose Feb 20, 2010.


    Do I have Maladaptive Dayreaming?

    Maladaptive Daydreaming is not an officially recognized condition yet. We’re still learning a lot about it. Here are some of the main symptoms that seem to be emerging:
    • You daydream more often than you think is normal.
    • You’ve built up a character(s) that’s an idealized version of yourself
    • You feel more empowered in your daydreams.
    • You’re starting to enjoy daydreaming better than the real world.
    • Daydreaming is starting to interfere with your day-to-day activities.
    • You might enact some movement, like pacing or moving your hands, (though not everyone does this).

    • Some people make facial expressions, talk, and/or act out their daydreams.  

    It's not all bad...

    Maladaptive Daydreamers have many gifts along with struggles.

    -extreme creativity
    -the ability to think through complex issues on our own
    -the ability to see issues from many perspectives (we can have intense dialogs in our own minds)
    -the ability to think quickly
    -strength. (It takes a lot of strength to live in two worlds at once.)
    -insightful and empathetic
    -loving (Even when no one's around, we still have people to love in our minds.)

    -extreme difficulty concentrating
    -sluggish. It's hard to be productive when you just want to daydream
    -clumsy and awkward
    -difficulty cultivating or maintaining relationships (This may not apply to everyone, but if your MD starts to progress, you may prefer daydreaming to real interactions)
    -difficulty completing tasks due to desire to constantly stop and daydreaming
    -difficulty reaching certain milestones because of constant desire to stop and daydream.

    What do I DO?

    Well, we're still figuring that out. Since this is so new it's kinda up to us to figure out how to deal with it. I encourage people to try anything they can & want to. If something works, please let us know, so others will benefit.
    -Identifying triggers
    Many people find that
    certain activities
    trigger them to start
    Identifying and
    limiting exposure to
    triggers is one way to
    Common triggers:
    music, tv, books,
    long walks or
    monotonous activity
    If you feel yourself
    starting to daydream,
    stop and change
    activities. Get up and
    do anything else and
    come back to it when
    you're feeling more
    -Getting out in the public
    A lot of times we just
    need to get out of our
    heads for awhile. Go
    out and talk to people.
    -Get up quickly and go to bed tired.
    Many daydream in the
    morning. To avoid
    this, make sure you get
    out of bed the instant
    you wake up.
    To avoid daydreaming
    at night, go to bed
    when you're extremely
    -Allow limited daydreaming
    Many of us really
    appreciate the comfort
    of our daydreams and
    don't want to give
    them up.
    Instead, allow
    yourself certain times
    to daydream, and
    force yourself to get
    up and stop when
    your time is up.
    -Find other things you love, and focus on them.
    Don't forget that we
    daydream because we
    love it. It may take
    time and energy to
    focus, but if we can
    make the external
    world more fun, then
    we won't need to
    daydream as much.


    Another common suggestion that people are saying works for them is meditation.  Some have said it helps them focus, even if it doesn't completely eliminate their MD.  Some have also said that Yoga and meditation help.



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